Eye web focuses on Stern

Late-night Saturday spot could draw young male viewers

Welcome home, Howard Stern? Sources say a deal for Stern to host a Saturday latenight vehicle for the CBS O&Os could be announced as early as this week. Reps for the Eye web declined comment, and Stern’s reps did not return calls seeking comment Monday. But sources close to the situation say the talks, which have dragged on for months, are down to the i-dotting and t-crossing stage.

Both sides are said to be anxious to begin work on the show, with an eye toward a summer premiere. CBS’ Eyemark Entertainment is still set to syndicate the series nationally if it performs well on the O&Os, but sources say it was the specifics of the syndie deal that has been holding up a formal pact, so both sides have agreed to hammer out those details after the initial agreement with the O&Os is inked.

There’s no word yet on a format for the show, to compete with NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” but sources speculate that it’ll be a mix of celeb guests, scripted comedy bits and other Stern-style shenanigans.

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